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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2010 5:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is it possible to listen to too much GD?

Do people think of Bertha as light? I love that song.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jan 27, 2010 7:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is it possible to listen to too much GD?

The Bertha's of 1971 were most definitely not light! Jerry's Les Paul tone was often quite thick and overdriven in early 1971 prior to Keith's arrival. Compare for example, 8-6-71 during which he was using a Les Paul with the Gaelic Park show (the date slips my mind but its late summer), for which he was already employing the Stratocaster. You can really hear his tone become less chunky and more precise, taking up much less "room" in the overall mix of the band in preparation for the addition of a piano player.

Jerry's tone was super clean in the Wall of Sound era and the Bertha's from that time period are resultantly much lighter in sound.

To answer your original question, I definitely listen to way too much Grateful Dead :) On occasion, I just can't listen to the band at all for a day or two. When travelling away from home and/or visiting friends and family, I also end up taking a few days break and then I get a serious jones to hear some jams. It's always sweeter after a little separation... distance makes the heart grow fonder :)